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Festival Organizers-

Festival Director-
 

Dr. Rati Saxena specialized in the study of the Vedas, especially Atharva Veda, and secured a Ph.D. Degree in Sanskrit from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur She has published four collections of her own poems in Hindi. One in Malayalam, two in English and a critical work in Hindi on the renowned Malayalam poet Balamani Amma (Sahitya Akedemy). Her recent work is research on Atharvaveda -'The seeds of mind' a fresh approach to study of Atharvaveda with the fellowship of Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts. She has translated about ten Malayalam works, both prose and poetry, into Hindi and has participated in several national seminars and published articles in a number of journals. She is the recipient of Kendriya Sahitya Akedemy award for translation in year-2000 She is the chief editor of www.kritya.in  , managing trustee of Kritya foundation and director of poetry festival.
 

Host Director

Surjit Patar, did Ph.D in Punjabi on Elements of Folklore in the Poetry of Guru Nanak Dev. He retired as Professor of Punjabi from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He started writing poetry in mid-sixties to emerge as the foremost Punjabi poet today. In 1995, he was given the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his Hanere vich Sulghdi Varnmala. He has won numerous other Awards in India and abroad. Singers of national and international repute have sung his soulful ghazals and songs, and he himself is an accomplished singer.
His has published four books of poems - Hawa vich Likhe Harf (words written in the air), Birkh Arz Kar (thus speaks the tree), Hanere vich Sulghdi Varnmala (words smouldering in the dark) and Lafzanh di Dargah (shrine of words). He has translated into Punjabi the three tragedies of Garcia Lorca, the play Nag Mandala of Girish Karnad, and poems of Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda. He has also adapted plays from Giradoux, Euripides and Racine.
Prof Patar has written tele-scripts on Punjabi poets from Sheikh Farid of the 13th century to Amrita Pritam of the 20th. He is the President of Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, Ludhiana, and member of the General Council of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi and its Punjabi Board.

Board Of Advisors-

Chairman-

Dr. Swaran Singh -
President Punjab Arts Council and Principal Secretary to Punjab Governments a prominent personalities in the field of art and culture especially of archaeology. he is expert in every field of art and creation. His recant Punjabi film ' Lakh Pardesi Hoiye' is one of the most popular film in Punjab and abroad as well. He is not only a good administrator, but also active supporter of all the arts forms. 
 

 

Sri Sunil Gangopadhyay- Eminent Bengali poet and fiction writer. M.A Born 07.09.34, Madanipur (now in Bangladesh). Car. Journalism; Associate Editor, Desh, Anand Bazar Group of Publications; Editor, Krittibas, poetry mag. Vice-President, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi since 2003; Member, Executive Board and General Council of the Sahitya Akademi (1998-2002) and its Bengali Advisory Board; President, Budh Sandhya, lit. & Cultural organisation; President, P.E.N.', West Bengal. Awards & Hons. Include Bankim Puraskar, 82; Sahitya Akademi Award, 85, for his Sei Samoy (novel); Ananda Puraskar, 86; Nominated as National poet, 79; Vidyasagar Puraskar; Got Scholarship from State University of lowa to join international writing programme, 63. Knows Bengali, English, Hindi and French. Pubs. 411 including Sei Samoy, Purba-Paschim; Aranyer Din Ratri; Pratidhwani (all novels); Shreshtha Galpo; Maha Prithibi (both short stories); Kavita Sangraha; Shada Pristha Tomar Sangay; Amar Swapna (all poetry); Praner Prahari; Raja Rani (both plays); Sanatan Pathaker Chinta (crit.); Prabandha Sangraha; Kavitar Janma (both essays). Two of his stories filmed by Satyajit Ray. Has written and staged several plays; written script for Hindi film Sodh. Has widely travelled in USA, Russia, China, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Rumania, Egypt, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and other countries.


Prof Rajpal Singh
Secretary General Punjab Arts Council is an art lover . he has worked in the field of Punjabi folk music, which is gradually loosing its roots from Punjab. He brought out various records of such folk songs and folk instruments.  he is also involve in various artistic activates

Executive Board-


Sri Gurudayal Singh _ Punjabi Poet

Sri Nahar Singh -
Dr. Nahar Singh, Secretary, Punjab Sahit Akademi, is an eminent Folklorist who have done a significant contribution for the study of Punjab Folk Songs and Folk arts with latest approaches in social sciences. His ten volume research work on folklore of Punjab is unique in its study and documentation. At present he is working as Professor, Department of Punjabi, Panjab University, Chandigarh



Sri  NS Ratan -
He is Vice President of Punjab Sahitya Akademi , Chandigarh. he is An eminent Writer , he has written Five books of short stories. he was Vice Chancellor of Punjab Technical university Jalndhar and Punjab Universiti Patiala.
 

 

Prof. K. Satchidanandan - former Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi(the National Academy of Letters, India), is an internationally recognised poet, critic, translator and editor. He has 22 collections of poetry, 16 collections of translations of poetry, 20 works of literary criticism including two in English, 4 plays and 3 travelogues to his credit. He has received 21 awards at regional, national and international levels. His collections of poetry have appeared in 16 languages including English, French, Italian and German.He has edited eight journals including Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi’s bimonthly and several anthologies of poetry,shortstories and essays in Malayalam, English and Hindi.He has travelled across the world, reading and lecturing and representes India in several international fairs and festivals including The Sarajevo Poetry days, Berlin Literary Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair, Leipzig Book Fair, Paris Book Fair, Lahore Book Fair, The Indo-Arab Literary Festival at AbuDhabi, The Festivals of Culture in the USSR and in China, Writers Exchange Programmes in Syria, France, Italy , Sweden and the U.S.A.

Dr. Satinder Singh Noor -
Vice President Sahitya Akademi and An Eminent Punjabi litterateur , Poet and critic.  Along several awards He is recipient of kendra Sahitya Akedemi's award for his book of criticism Kavita di Bhoomika. Noor is an institution in the world of Punjabi letters and known for his love of poetry and poets. He has been an admirer of the poetry of Surjeet Patar and Amitoj. Noor himself pens poetry but is better known for his criticism. A former head of the Department of Punjabi, Delhi University, and editor of Punjabi Akademi journal Samdarshi, Noor wields great power in the Punjabi literary circles. However, what he is liked most for is his good nature and the spirit of Punjabiyat deeply entrenched in him.Prof Vishvnath Tiwari -Hindi write and Advisor Sahitya Akademi

Chandrakant Devtale- was born in Jaulkhera, Betul district, Uttar Pradesh. He taught literature in Government colleges of Madhya Pradesh. Among his publications are Haddiyon Men Chhipa Jvar, Deewaron Par Khoon Se, Roshni Ke Maidan Ki Taraf and Bhookhand Tap Raha Hai. Among the awards and honours he has received are Muktibodh Fellowship, Makhanlal Chaturvedi Puraskar and Shikhar Samman. ( Hindi)


Sri
Arun Kamal was born in Nasariganj, Rohtas (Bihar). He is a Professor in the Department of English, Science College, Patna University. He has several publications to his credit, including Apni Keval Dhar and Naye Ilake Mein. He is also the author of Kavita Aur Samay (Poetry and Time) - a collection of literary essays. He is the recipient of Bharat Bhusan Agrawal award and Soviet Land Nehru award. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award (1998) for his poetry collection, Naye Ilake ( Hindi)

Agnishekhar- A widely travelled man who has been spreading awareness about the issue of genocide of Kashmir Pandit ethnic minority world over, He is a sensitive writer who has made a significant contribution to world of Hindi literature in the country, the immense pain, hurt and the sense of betrayal on being hounded out of Kashmir valley on the basis of faith and religion has been too magnanimous.( Hindi/Kashmiri)

 



Margus Lattik was born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1973. Lattik is known also under the name of Mathura and is the author of five poetry collections, numerous essay, song lyrics and several art exhibitions. For more than a decade, he has been involved in translating classical Indian literature into Estonian, most notably the epic 'Bhagavadgita' (publ. in 2000). His poetry has been welcomed warmly, it has been nominated to several awards and translated into five other languages.
Margus Lattik is a member of the literary group Apartners (Erakkond). He is basically an English philologist, though he has also researched topics of art and film.


Prof Uday Narayan
 is a reputed poet, playwright and essayist in Maithili and Bengali. He has published four collections of poems and eleven plays in Maithili, as well as six books of literary essays and two volumes of poetry in Bengali, besides translating several books. He holds a doctoral degree in Linguistics from the University of Delhi and is currently the Director of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. Singh has visited and lectured in a large number of countries including Bangladesh, the Caribbean, France, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and USA. He was a member of the Indo-Italian Cultural Exchange Programme for Creative Writers (1999), a member of the Official delegation to Trinidad and Tobago (2002), Mauritius (2005) and a poet-invitee at the Frankfurt Book Fair – India Guest of Honour presentation (2006).


Shri Vijaya Shankar –
Poet and Advisor kritya festival He is an Art lover critic, and his art journal 'Ka" is an achievement in the field of art. He has organizes a number of seminar and festival for art and culture in various places in India. we can call him a true art lover swayam sevak ( self worker) in field of art and literature.
 


Chandra Prakash Deval- Born 1949, Rajasthani and Hindi poet, and translator, Deval received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 for his first poetry collection Paagi. His other collections include Maarag, Kaavad, Topnama, Udeek Puran (Rajasthani) and the Meera Award winning Bolo Madhavi (Hindi). Besides translating the Upanishads, Fyodor Dostoyevesky’s Crime and Punishment and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, he has also translated major Indian poets like Sitakant Mahapatra, Haribhajan Singh, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Kedarnath Singh , Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Ashok Vajpeyi, Ramakant Rath and K. Satchidanandan into Rajasthani. Recently he has completed his monumental bilingual edition of Suryamall Misan’s classic epic Vansh Bhaskar. His other awards include Bharatiya Bhasa Parishad Samman and Sahitya Akademi’s translation award.

Mr. Vijendra Vij –
Artist and Poet . He has  started his  career, as a freelance painter, the realm of modernism abstract art in Indian traditions. He has  painted series of paintings on the themes of Women's, Musician, Dancing, Photo-Session, Mother and child, Women with a-parrot / bird / lamb), Human Relationships, Life-scapes, The girl, Fear, Insane, Hope, Life Insatiate, The last century, Lonely Voyager, Exploitation, Relaxation, Pain, She's, Three - Sisters, Dissolution, The Silence, Solitude & Compositions - all these titles which, he has given to my creative visual expressions. He talks about his experiences - 'My mix of colors is abstract and I bring about the levelness and the environment governing my characters at any given moment mixing with intimate thoughts and depict them on the canvas. I want to express these in my own creative visual imagery. My style of painting is based on experimental studies in different medium. Oil, Water & Computer graphics become strong medium of the reflection of my vivid perception and under standing of managing human value to achieve individuality. '

Mr. Amit kalla -
Amit is a young artist and a mature poet. He Studied Art History, N.M.I, New Delhi. He has many arts exhibitions (Solo and  group )in his credit. He had Worked for International art exhibition, Japan. he is  Pursuing research work on BHAKTI Literature and Artistic Notions of Rajasthan. He is also doing a  Detailed studies on TANTRIC Art. He got variuse awards like- • Bhartiya Jnanpith Navlekhan puraskar 07 for Poetry Collection (Hone Na Hone Se Pare), Satya Shanti Samman 07, Jhanwar Smriti Puraskar 07 for Paintings. he feels about his art - 'Energy I feel is the essence of all processes in the cosmos. And all uses of art are somewhere somehow connected to the same essence. Whichever the form---painting, Energy I feel is the essence of all processes in the cosmos. sculpture, music, dance, poetry....'


DR. V.P. MOHAMMED KUNJU Mettaru  is a Professor and Former Dean, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Former Member, Syndicate, University of Kerala knows several languages - Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, English, Practical knowledge of Sanskrit, Arabic and Dutch. More than 300 papers in standard Journals in Hindi, Malayalam and English.. He has a  number of books to his credit. Adhunik Hindi Ka Srot: Naya Chintan, Published by the Author, TVM, 1986. Dakhini Hindi Ka Sufi Sahitya, Lok Bharti Prakashan, Allahabad, 1988, Masnavi Kadam Rao Padam Rao, Arya Prakashan Mandal, Delhi-31, 1990..Dakhini Hindi Bhasha Aur Sahitya, Lok Bharti Prakashan, Allahabad, 1994,Shantivahak Nabi, Lok Bharti Prakashan, Allahabad, 1994.Adhunik Hindi Ka Srot; Nav Chintan (Revised and enlarged edition) Alekh Prakashan, Delhi 32, 2002.Irshadnama, Alekh Prakashan, Delhi-32, 2002.He got a number of awards for his literary works. some of them are-Rashtra Bhasha Parishad Award, Govt. of Bihar, Patna, 1982.Hindi Writers Awards, Central Hindi Directorate, Govt. of India, New Delhi, 1987.Acharya Ramachandra Sukla Award, U.P. Hindi Sansthan, Govt. of U.P. 1996.Sammelan Samman, Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Prayag, 2002.Rajbhasha Gaurav Samman, Dehradun, 2003 & 2004.
Dr. Mohammaed Kunju Mettaru is General Secretary of Kritya foundation

K. G. Balakrishna Pillai is a Gandhian cultural and educational activist, writer, translator and journalist. Actively associated with Gandhian thoughts especially with regards to illiteracy eradication and propagation of Hindi at national and international level .An author of several articles, features and books and booklets in Malayalam and also in Hindi /English. He has edited a literary journal in Hindi -Keraljyothi for about 30 years. He has severed in several Hindi advisory committees of government of India.
 



Thomas Mathew is the technical adviser to Kritya. An engineer by profession, he is an expert in the I.T and I.T . Enabled Services. His professional responsibilities include managing three Software companies (Sanmath Technologies-Software Development, Righters-Support Systems and Solutions for Health care, Atticlabs-web based software applications development), Technical Consultant to I.T and I.T.E.S companies( Redwebsolutions,U.K, Insoft Websolutions, Quicktrans Solutions, Finesse technologies). He is one of the directors of CRUST (Centre for Rural and Urban Studies and Training), an NGO closely associated with central and state government projects, dedicated to the utilization and spread of IT services including GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in the rural and urban developments.
 


Shalbha  is a young artist, singer and sportsperson. She is an architect and  masters in advanced construction management.  She is creative, responsible and has good organization and leadership skills. She is working as a senior Manager in a construction company.

 

 


 

 

Dr Rahul Gosawi is a doctor, interested in Music and other arts form, practicing Doctor in Pune. he says saving life it self is a art.
 

 

 

 

 



Indian consultant for language

Shyamala Nair is Currently working as reader in Lady Amritbai Daga College for Women, (L.A.D.) Nagpur. Areas of academic and teaching interest include Modern poetry, Critical Theory, Women’s Studies, Shakespeare studies… Was member of Larkin Society and The Poetry Society of India besides others…. Published articles and Poetry selected by Imtiaz Dharker and Kamala Das in Femina, Quest, The Journal of the Poetry society of India, The Journal of the Nagpur University English Teachers’ Organisation, Horizon…A collection of Poems ‘A Side of the Sun’ Writers’ Workshop, Calcutta, 1997.

Kritya-Print -

Joneve McCormick
, who hosts Soul to Soul, lives in Manhattan. Her poems, short stories and articles have appeared in various journals, periodicals, anthologies, and on websites such as World Poems, thanal online and on The Argonauts' Boat, with some of her photographs. She recently edited the anthology World's Strand for publication, and Goldfish Press is bringing out a collection with poet Koon Kau Woon in 2007. Joneve offers online services which include writing poems for loved ones and special occasions, research and writing, ghost writing, promotional writing, consulting, editing and tutoring.

Christina Pacosz has been publishing in little magazines and small presses since the 1970's and has several books of poetry, the most recent, Greatest Hits, 1975-2001,Pudding House, 2002. She is teaching urban youth in Kansas City, Missouri


 

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